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post #121 of 304
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Originally Posted by hernanu View Post

No, that wouldn't make sense. A significant chunk of the money being made by Setanta and Sky is made from non-UK markets, in particular Asia and the Americas. I believe Sky feeds Fox Soccer Channel and Gol TV with SD content, so if ESPN takes Setanta's packages, it would broadcast about 1/4 of English Premier League games, but would not limit itself to the UK. Setanta, Fox Soccer and Gol have been playing coy about HD broadcasts, even though that is done in the UK, so it would be great to have HD EPL games in the US.

A Canadian sports station, The Score (I think), shows one EPL game a week in HD. Would be nice to see that on ESPN.

Also, with Fox putting all their networks in HD in the next couple of years, maybe we'll see that from FSC too.
post #122 of 304
I dream of the day I can wake up some weekend and watch Premiere League games in HD. Can't come soon enough.
post #123 of 304
Sounds like Setanta isn't so great on SD and no HD. There goes my Fios plans.
At least Cablevision of NJ has La Liga in HD. And some of the broadcast are outstanding, depending on the stadium.
post #124 of 304
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Originally Posted by romanesq View Post

Sounds like Setanta isn't so great on SD and no HD. There goes my Fios plans.
At least Cablevision of NJ has La Liga in HD. And some of the broadcast are outstanding, depending on the stadium.

I have Setanta on FIOS and it's not bad. It is SD, of course, but it is actually better than FSC or Gol. I also like having a number of EPL games to watch. La Liga I watch on Gol and FSC, but its qualiy is nowhere near HD. Is the HD broadcast WorldSport? I heard that was discontinuing its broadcasts, at least in the US. I think Dish has discontinued it along with the other VOOM channels.
post #125 of 304
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Originally Posted by romanesq View Post

Sounds like Setanta isn't so great on SD and no HD. There goes my Fios plans.
At least Cablevision of NJ has La Liga in HD. And some of the broadcast are outstanding, depending on the stadium.

Setanta SD PQ on FIOS is noticeably better than D*. The same is true of FSC. I believe the previous poster who commented was referring to D*.
post #126 of 304
I just hooked up my brand new Bravia 40" LCD to my Comcast Motorola HD-DVR and I literally felt sick when I saw how crap GolTV and to a lesser extent FSC looked. I ran a second output from my cable box through an S Video to the TV for SD channels and it helped, but all of the other SD channels were watchable through the HDMI cable. Is that all on Comcast's end????? I have been trying to get an answer from somewhere there over the phone and in their chat section and all they can say is that they will send a technician over.GOL TV looked fine on Rogers Cable when I lived in Toronto on a widescreen. We arent asking for HD here, I would just be happy with a watchable SD picture, jesus christ.
Also, with the OTA transition in a few weeks, can the cable companies still send analog signals over cable to customers? I know that analog signals take up a ton of bandwidth, and I would like to think that if Comcast was running 100% completely free of analog they would have a ton more bandwidth to improve the PQ of their "niche" channels.
post #127 of 304
The Premier League announced part of their domestic TV contracts for 2010-2013 yesterday with Sky Sports getting 4 of the 6 packages. The other two packages will be going out for a 2nd round of bids. Once those are completed, they will then be focusing on the international rights.

This is our chance for HD footy in the US if ESPN gets those rights.
post #128 of 304
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Originally Posted by jefbal99 View Post

The Premier League announced part of their domestic TV contracts for 2010-2013 yesterday with Sky Sports getting 4 of the 6 packages. The other two packages will be going out for a 2nd round of bids. Once those are completed, they will then be focusing on the international rights.

This is our chance for HD footy in the US if ESPN gets those rights.

According to the chart FSC should have an HD outlet in 2010.
post #129 of 304
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Originally Posted by Posty-McPost View Post

According to the chart FSC should have an HD outlet in 2010.

As long as they get part of the EPL rights or sub it from ESPN. I'm not sure if any of the South American games they show are sourced in HD.

FSC doesn't show any of the other Euro leagues like they used to.
post #130 of 304
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Originally Posted by jefbal99 View Post


FSC doesn't show any of the other Euro leagues like they used to.

they do air Serie A matches-but they certainly air far fewer Euro league matches than even 2-3 yrs ago. I miss the Dutch league.

and dutchman311 since you asked the cablecos are NOT required to drop analog-the govt. mandate applies only to OTA. this doesn't mean they WON'T drop analog but they can when they feel like it. they ARE required to give notice to their customers(60 days?) if they do.

I believe the cablecos will treat the issue on a market-by-market basis rather than abruptly cease analog transmission corporate-wide.
post #131 of 304
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Originally Posted by HDntheCity View Post

they do air Serie A matches-but they certainly air far fewer Euro league matches than even 2-3 yrs ago. I miss the Dutch league.

and dutchman311 since you asked the cablecos are NOT required to drop analog-the govt. mandate applies only to OTA. this doesn't mean they WON'T drop analog but they can when they feel like it. they ARE required to give notice to their customers(60 days?) if they do.

I believe the cablecos will treat the issue on a market-by-market basis rather than abruptly cease analog transmission corporate-wide.

Dutch league is available via espn360 is you have access to that. I watched Ajax live yesterday afternoon.
post #132 of 304
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Originally Posted by Posty-McPost View Post

Dutch league is available via espn360 is you have access to that. I watched Ajax live yesterday afternoon.

Comcast and ESPN are not very good friends
post #133 of 304
Also HDnet no longer has MLS games so less HD now
post #134 of 304
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Originally Posted by roachxp View Post

Also HDnet no longer has MLS games so less HD now

I don't know how many matches HDNet used to cover, but ESPN is airing about a game a week. Link: http://www.livesoccertv.com/blog/891...-schedule.html

According to this schedule, "Most matches available on ESPN2 HD," which, if you're lucky enough to get ESPN2 in HD, means you'll get at least 1 HD game a week.

Also, for those of you who didn't know, DirecTV is offering a 'free preview' of their MLS Direct Kick package this weekend, meaning that games are viewable by everyone with DirecTV for free. Unfortunately one game listed in HD today wasn't in 16:9, at least not in my area. The picture was noticeably sharp, however, even though it was 4:3.

Go Sounders!
post #135 of 304
Thread Starter 
Doh! According to this story (link: http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/st...sec=us&cc=5901), FSC has won the rights to Champion's League games next season. While ESPN/ESPN2 didn't show the games in 16:9 high-def, they at least showed them in digital quality. FSC on DirecTV (and on other carriers, from what I've seen) is routinely blurry & compressed. And at least ESPN/2 had the capability to deliver the content in HD because they're already in HD in most areas. FSC is, of course, not. Grr. Bummer. I view this as a step backward for quality soccer viewing.
post #136 of 304
For a while there were rumors about FSC going HD after the Fox master control facility in Houston upgrade. I haven't heard anything lately so I'm not sure if they decided against it or what...
post #137 of 304
I sure hope they have HD up and running by that time. I'm fully expecting p2p type quality for CL games. They will probably put the better games on Setanta.
post #138 of 304
Fox Soccer (like all Fox channels) should be HD by the end of 2010.
post #139 of 304
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Originally Posted by Posty-McPost View Post

Fox Soccer (like all Fox channels) should be HD by the end of 2010.

End of 2010 is a long time after the 2009 CL season begins.
post #140 of 304
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Originally Posted by mx6bfast View Post

End of 2010 is a long time after the 2009 CL season begins.

A season which would have offered no HD anyway. FSC looks pretty decent uncompressed over U-verse and varies by feed. Seeing as the feed won't change a slight decline in 480 quality just doesn't bother me. It is certainly not a step back for soccer in this country. It should provide access to more games between Fox and it's partners. Wake me when we are missing out on actual HD games.
post #141 of 304
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Originally Posted by Posty-McPost View Post

A season which would have offered no HD anyway. FSC looks pretty decent uncompressed over U-verse and varies by feed. Seeing as the feed won't change a slight decline in 480 quality just doesn't bother me. It is certainly not a step back for soccer in this country. It should provide access to more games between Fox and it's partners. Wake me when we are missing out on actual HD games.

After May 2009, umm, May 2011.

Not all games are in HD, but you have to agree that the quality of SD games on ESPN are much better than FSC.
post #142 of 304
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Originally Posted by mx6bfast View Post

After May 2009, umm, May 2011.

Not all games are in HD, but you have to agree that the quality of SD games on ESPN are much better than FSC.

No CL games on ESPN2 have been in HD since the Arsenal-Barca final which I think was 2006. Again the FSC quality is heavily dependent on the feed. Comparing it to FSC's current games isn't fair because it's not the same feed. EPL on FSC looks pretty good while the South American feeds look horrible.

I do agree that ESPN2HD passes very nice looking SD for the games. However I disagree that CL on FSC will look anything like an internet feed.
post #143 of 304
i just hope FSC shows ALL CL games from as early as the round-robin matches, maybe even qualifying. i don't like espn picking the matches for me... also, more consistency with scheduling, with no fear of being pre-empted by basketball or whatever. when is setanta coming to comcast, anyway? i'd like to see more world cup qualifiers...
post #144 of 304
Anyone watching the US vs T&T? Looks like it's running around 23fps here via Uverse.
post #145 of 304
PQ is terrible from the camera that shows the field shots. Looks like a lot of edge enhancement.
post #146 of 304
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FSC, which reaches 34 million households, plans to launch HD telecasts at the end of this year.

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/...xDTHAD97A6T0G0
post #147 of 304
great news. I should be on satellite then so I'll actually be able to get it, too.
post #148 of 304
http://goal.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/0...p-to-its-name/

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Across its networks, Fox plans to show all of the tournament's 146 games (110 games live and others on tape delay) each season on FSC, Fox Sports Español, FX and Fox Sports Net channels. The final in 2010 at Madrid's Santiago Bernabéu Stadium will be shown on FX and will, for the first time, be played on a Saturday, May 22.

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Sternberg said that the new deal will accelerate HD plans. He added that 16 FSN Champions League matches will be in HD, as will the Madrid final on FX. Sternberg said FSC plans to begin offering HD by the end of 2009.

First time I've seen FX used for sporting events.
post #149 of 304
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Originally Posted by sansri88 View Post

First time I've seen FX used for sporting events.

They used to show Nascar.
post #150 of 304
Wow, they're taking their CL coverage seriously! Now we just need FX HD on Dish... hopefully whenever they get around to negotiating that and Speed HD they'll go ahead and throw in FSC HD...
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